“The relative risk of having a hip fracture or other osteoporotic fracture is approximately 2-fold higher for most types of prior fracture, however, the increase in risk is not constant with time and is particularly high immediately after the fracture event, sometimes called the period of imminent risk,” says Dr. John A. Kanis, a professor emeritus at the University of Sheffield, U.K., who wasn’t involved in the study.
“This reinforces a rationale for very early intervention immediately after fractures to avoid recurrent fractures,” Dr. Kanis says by email.
- Wang CY, Fu SH, Yang RS, et al. Timing of anti-osteoporosis medications initiation after a hip fracture affects the risk of subsequent fracture: A nationwide cohort study. Bone. 2020 May 25;138:115452. Online ahead of print.